I honestly wasn't sure what to expect from Real-Life Romance by Rhonda Stoppe. I guess I expected all sappy stories I didn't think it would give the grit and truth of marriage. The hard work side of things. This book totally surprised me. Not only are the stories truthful they are relatable. The stories shared are heartwarming and transparent. It is not all kids who met in high school and knew they would get married right then and there, and definitely not all roses. Some of the romances took time to develop. Each of these couples started out with strong faith or found it along the way.
I really enjoyed reading this book and getting a glimpse into each romance. While this book shares short stories about each couple it also has a devotional aspect taken from each stories theme. I liked that duplicity of the book. I think this book could really inspire people who are looking for a partner but losing hope. I've talked to many young friends who feel like they might never find love and I always say - in God's Time - but it hard to hear that from an old married lady. This book will inspire hope and they can see real stories from all ages and all situations. I plan on recommending it - often.
My Real-Life Romance Story
I had always dreamed of being married and being a Mom. At 20, I was a little lost in life, working and going to college I was looking to firm up my walk with God. My Mom had passed when I was 17 and my new step-mom went to a very conservative church. I had attended a few times but really didn't see any college and career aged people to identify with (little did I know they were all involved with serving in the various ministries and not in the morning services.)
I don't know why and can only credit The Lord but I decided to give that church another shot, a last final shot. I started attending and getting acquainted with some people. That week was revival services and so the week was full of services. I met my husband that week but I had no idea it would be him. I actually asked him out one of the nights and he turned me down. I had asked him to go trick or treating (which was taboo as no one really celebrated in our denomination - which I didn't know.) The next night he realized I was serious about going out and asked me if I would like to go. He likes to say when he realized I had asked him out he thought he had missed his opportunity.
We did end up going trick or treating that week - our first date! We dated almost 3 years to the day, which included going to church and serving God together. We of course got married and had our family. I'm amazed still at how it all worked out. I would say I was looking for love at the time but I didn't really think I would find "the one". It was the type of romance that built over time with our friendship being the most important part. He is still my best friend and the person I want to spend all my time with. <3 br="">3>
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Whether you're single and looking for a reason to believe in love or a parent watching your own child fall in love, Real-Life Romance by Rhonda Stoppe will inspire you to believe in life-long love. This collection of beautiful, real-life accounts will bring laughter and tears as you enjoy each story of ordinary people who found extraordinary love. Don't let the world define romance for you! See how God is at work in the hearts of His people-knitting together hearts in a love that forever endures.
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